Three Knoxville residents were arrested Nov. 20 following a pursuit that ended with the suspect vehicle crashing. Two deputies’ cruisers also wrecked early in the chase.
Samuel W. Allison, 24, Maranda M. McBride, 23, and Charles Albert E. Allison, 21, all of Knoxville, were all be charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine following their arrival at the Blount County Detention Facility. Samuel Allison, the driver of the vehicle, will also be charged with felony evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and a number of other traffic violations. Samuel Allison is also wanted out of Knox County on an outstanding warrant for theft.
All three received treatment at Blount Memorial Hospital for injuries they received in the crash.
The following is the chain of events that led to the crashes:
Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force received information early on Nov. 20 about three suspicious people purchasing and attempting to purchase pseudo ephedrine (a precursor for making methamphetamine), at several area businesses around Maryville and Alcoa. Investigators received a description of the suspect vehicle, and at around 2:15 p.m., a Blount County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop at a business on Hall Road near the Lincoln Road intersection. The vehicle continued through the parking lot and pulled back onto Hall Road, traveling southbound.
When the suspect vehicle - a 1997 Plymouth Breeze - arrived at the red light at Hall Road and Lincoln Road, the suspect vehicle jumped the median and traveled into the northbound lanes of Hall Road. The pursuing Sheriff’s Office vehicle attempted to follow the suspect vehicle. A Sheriff’s Office cruiser approaching from the northbound lanes attempted to block the suspect vehicle, striking it in the driver’s side front fender, then brushing the pursuing Sheriff’s Office vehicle in the front end.
This accident caused the Plymouth Breeze to strike a 1994 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Robert J. Travis, 45, Nails Creek Road, Rockford. Travis was in the left turn lane waiting to turn onto Lincoln Road. This caused the Chevrolet pick-up to collide with a 2004 Jeep Cherokee that was driven by Ginger Marcum, 35, of East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Marcum was in the left lane of traffic on Hall Road, sitting next to the Chevrolet pick-up.
One deputy, Traffic Safety Officer Patrick Pearson, was checked out at the emergency room at Blount Memorial Hospital and released. The other deputy, Reginald Lawrence, was not injured in the crash. Travis and Marcum were also not injured.
Following this accident, the Plymouth Breeze, driven by Samuel Allison, continued south on Hall Road, turned right onto West Lamar Alexander Parkway, right onto Broadway, through downtown Maryville, across Washington Avenue, and then right onto Wales Avenue. They crossed Everett High Road and attempted to turn left onto Fourth Avenue, when he lost control of the vehicle, traveled into the yard of the residence, and struck a tree.
All three people in the Plymouth Breeze - Samuel Allison, Charles Allison, and Maranda McBride were to be charged upon their release from Blount Memorial Hospital.